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Volunteers Needed: Festivals of Learning

30 May

Posted May 2016:

Every summer, Festivals of Learning take place in under-resourced communities where children have less access to summer learning activities. For too many kids in the United States, summer break means a lack of access to learning experiences, books and educational games, and even time to hang out with friends. Festivals of Learning bridge this gap by bringing a variety of activities that promote discovery, highlight skills, and encourage creative expression.

They are looking for volunteers to assist their New York City Festivals of Learning this year. Volunteers should love working with children and/or families and have the energy and patience to make each day of the Festivals a memorable experience!

Festivals will be held for 4 different times in 4 different locations. They’re looking for volunteers who can help out during any of these times with an extra day or two for preparations:

#1: June 30th to July 1st, 2016
#2: July 6th to July 8th, 2016
#3: July 14th to 15th, 2016
#4: August 29th to 31st, 2016

Mission Statement: ATD Fourth World is an international anti-poverty nonprofit with a grassroots presence in over 34 countries and consultative status at the United Nations. We work to overcome the injustices of persistent poverty and social exclusion by bringing together people from all walks of life. We have been working alongside communities in poverty in New York for over 50 years.

How to apply: Send e-mail to their New York team at with your full name, availability, and a bit more about your experience with children and/or why you’d be excited to be involved. Must be 18 years of age or older.

Locations: Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens

Time Commitment

Duration: Less than 3 months

Time commitment: Occasional (weekly or monthly) min. 2 hours per day, max. 8 hours per day

Times of day: Afternoons & Evenings

Days of week: Weekdays & Weekends

Schedule: Flexible Schedule

Additional details: Training provided, International volunteers welcome


New Volunteer Opportunities!

11 Dec


Winter 2013: As the holidays approach and people get into the giving spirit, I’ll be posting new volunteer opportunities that pop up around NYC. Feel free to share these with friends and family who might be interested in helping out a local non-profit, whether it’s just for a day or for a few months!


Holiday Help at the Food Bank for NYC

Food Bank procures and distributes food to a network of more than 1,000 community-based member programs citywide, helping to provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. From Meals on Heels on the Upper West to Souper Saturdays in Park Slope, there are tons of ways to help out the Food Bank  this holiday season. Sign up here:


Mulchfest 2014 with NYRP: Saturday, January 11, 12:00pm–2:00pm

Every year Mulchfest diverts thousands of Christmas trees from landfills and recycles them into wood chips that can be used to protect and nourish trees in our parks, gardens and street tree pits. Help spread fresh Christmas tree chippings to street trees and work on various winter maintenance projects in the Sherman Creek Park.

To register to volunteer or to get more information e-mail


Helpline Volunteer/Intern with the National Eating Disorders Association (Long-Term)

Position Summary: Information and Referral Helpline interns will offer information and referrals to callers and answer basic questions regarding body image and eating disorders in a caring and compassionate manner. The intern will be continually challenged to accept continuing advancement in responsibilities on the Helpline as the intern becomes ready. The Helpline intern may also assist with other duties in the National Eating Disorders Association office as needed (i.e. writing letters, assisting with information distribution, etc.). This position is a great learning opportunity and involves a minimum of 15 hours of training.

Primary Responsibilities:

  •   Information and Referral Services

·        Provide positive, respectful and timely responses regarding eating disorder information requests via incoming phone calls, voicemail messages, emails, forums, instant messages, and social media sites under Helpline responsibility.

·        Ensure the distribution of Helpline information and referral material in a timely manner that fits the needs of the individual and is presented in a professional manner.

·        Compose general letters of response for information requests.

·        Develop skills related to database management.

·        Increase knowledge and understanding concerning eating disorders and how to appropriately support those affected by them.

·        When deemed appropriate by Helpline Supervisor, the intern may assist in the training of new Helpline volunteers and interns.

·        Contribute to the association’s mission of eliminating eating disorders and body dissatisfaction.

  • Program and Administrative Duties:

·        Assist Programs Department staff with ongoing educational and outreach projects.

·        Assist with minor administrative tasks as needed.

Required Qualifications:

·        High energy, positive attitude, and enthusiasm.

·        Meticulous attention to detail and strong organizational skills.

·        Excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to provide quality customer service.

·        Strong computer skills, data and word-processing ability.

·        Must be dependable and self-motivated.

·        Able to work effectively as an individual and as part of a team.

·        Must be able to work in New York office.

Time Frame and Commitment:

·        Completion of 15-20 hour Helpline training taking place during the intern’s scheduled shift.

·        Minimum of 8 hours per week for a minimum of 4 months

·        Participation in one activity taking place outside of the main office.

·        Monthly reflections to be submitted and reviewed with Helpline Supervisor to set continuing advancement objectives.

·        Must be able to work at the NEDA headquarters, in New York City, during Helpline hours.

Contact Erin Brekke, Volunteer Coordinator at to apply.

Call for Volunteers: Harlem Arts Festival 2013

30 May

The Harlem Arts Festival is a free annual festival presenting music, dance, theater, and visual artists based in or inspired by Harlem. Taking place at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park on June 29th & 30th, they invite the community to celebrate Harlem’s vibrant cultural landscape and contemporary artistry.

They are looking for Stage Technicians, Greeters/Info Booth Attendances, Servers, Kids Corner Attendants, Builders/Runners, Medical personnel  Merchandise sellers, and Artist Liaisons to volunteer for this amazing weekend celebration. Last year 33 artists performed on 2 different stages over 2 days in front of approximately 1,000 attendees. This year the festival is expected to draw an even larger crowd and that is why they need you more than ever! Volunteers are the key to making this another wildly successful event.

If you would like more information about the festival please visit and if you would like to volunteer, please contact Leah Diaz at or at 253-318-9872.

A more detailed description of the volunteer roles they are looking to fill is below:

Stage Technicians – work directly with the Production Stage Manager to meet the technical requirements provided in each performing artists’ tech rider. Volunteers should have a background in electronics or production and should be able to lift at least 30 lbs. Some heavy lifting will be required.

Greeters, Info Booth Attendants, and Servers for Thursday Night only – must be interested in working closely with festival attendees and providing friendly and knowledgeable services. Volunteers with exceptional people skills may be assigned to various posts throughout the position including greeters, info booth staff, or servers at VIP catered events.

Kids Corner Attendants – work to provide arts in education activities for children of all ages and engage them in art making with crafts and performance. Volunteers will oversee child safety, facilitate crafts and performance games, and confer with parents about specific drop off and pick up times of individual children. Volunteers with a special skill or interest in working with children or in education should apply for this category.

Builders/Runners – primary set up and breakdown crew of vendor booths, artist tables, and gallery walk. Each assignment will be dispatched and managed by Volunteer Coordinator. Each assignment is to be completed as efficiently as possible, and during intervals, volunteers will assist with providing information and friendly service to festival attendees. Should be able to lift 15 lbs and stand for up to 6 hours.

Medical – must have a particular skill or interest in first aid, CPR, or other related medical service. Proof of certification will be required. Volunteers will be stationed in the medical tent and will attend to festival staff and attendees with medical concerns. Volunteers will work closely with Mt. Sinai EMT service and Fire Dept. in case of medical emergency.

Merchandise – manage the sale and distribution of festival merchandise. Harlem Arts Festival t-shirts, tote bags, posters, and magnets will be on sale throughout the festival. Being able to accurately record inventory and cash flow reports of total sales is a plus. Volunteers will be responsible for set up and breakdown of merchandise tent.

Artist Liaison – will be charged with delivering personalized service and attention to each of the participating festival artists. Volunteers will be responsible for artist check-in, orientation, and company management. Performing artists will be escorted and toured through the green room and visual artists will be shown to their individual booth and offered set up. Liaisons should have some background in arts or production, and will assist in transitions between acts and work closely with stage technicians and Production Stage Manager. Liaisons may be asked to assist with set up of visual artist booth or gallery space. Liaisons should be able to lift 20 lbs and stand for up to 6 hours.




It’s My Park Day – May 18

16 May

It’s My Park Day, presented by Partnership for Parks, will take place on Saturday, May 18th.  Throughout the city, New Yorkers will be chipping in to clean up and help maintain their parks and playgrounds across all five boroughs. Partnerships for Parks invites dedicated community groups to organize It’s My Park Day volunteer projects and free cultural events in their neighborhood parks. Volunteer activities range from horticulture to painting projects, along with a variety of free events, including kayaking, dance performance, and much, much more!

Below are some links to help you find a park near you-strap on those boots and get ready to get dirty!


NYC Parks and Recreation Department

Partnership for Parks